Wax Castle Festival of Sakon Nakhon

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October marks the end of Wan Awk Pansa (วันออกพรรษา), the Thai and Laos observance of vassa (commonly referred to as the “Buddhist Lent.”)

Few people celebrate the end of vassa in a more spectacular fashion than those of Sakon Nakhon, Thailand. Each year, the event is marked by street celebrations, long illuminated boats, and unbelievably ornate castles sculpted from beeswax.